Working in water

Each day, water utilities replenish homes, schools and businesses throughout California with safe, clean water. The people working in water understand that what they do is critical to each one of the 39 million people who live here, the continuing growth of the world’s eighth largest economy, and the sustainability of our rivers and ecosystems. If you want to do work that matters, you found it.

Entry level jobs

$18-28/hour

 

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Tuition

 

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Health insurance

 

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Paid time off

 

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Retirement

 

Water’s college plan

You don’t need a college degree for most entry level jobs in water. However, since most water utilities in California will reimburse up to 100% of college tuition for their employees, working in water is a smart way to get your degree. It’s a three step plan.

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Grade 1-2 certification

Take 2-3 community college courses to prepare for the grade 1 or 2 certification exam in water treatment or distribution. Pass the exam and apply for jobs.

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Grade 3-5 certification

You get a raise each time you raise your certification level, so take advanced water courses.¬†Finish 60 units of courses and you’re halfway to a degree.

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Bachelor's degree

Complete 60 units of university courses and earn a bachelor’s degree, just in time to move into a management role, engineering, IT or accounting.

Jobs outlook

Baby Boomers are retiring.

30-50%

WILL RETIRE OVER THE NEXT 10-15 YEARS

And water utilities are hiring.

41,000

CALIFORNIANS WORK IN WATER UTILITIES

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